Hi I'm Nathan
I grew up in a small farming community in Eastern Oregon, in a family with twelve sisters and one brother. I have always enjoyed reading books and listening to music. We had two pianos in our home, and my mother made sure I took lessons and learned to play. I ran cross country in high school. In college I studied computer science. I served as an LDS missionary in Germany. I met and married my wife while at school, and we now have four children. Some of our favorite family activities are snowboarding, mountain-biking, and canoeing. I learned to play the guitar as an adult, and love to spend my free time playing. My other favorite free-time activity is to run on the trails in the mountains near where I live. I have run two marathons and am training for the next one. I'm currently employed helping people to improve their network security.
Why I am a Mormon
Both sides of my family have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for several generations. My ancestors joined the Church in its early days, and crossed America as pioneers looking for religious liberty. I was taught the simple truths of the gospel as a young child. Regardless, I have had to find my own path to the truth. I have a lifetime habit of asking questions, and of being dissatisfied with rote answers. This has led me to many long hours of personal study as I sought to understand what I was reading in the scriptures or being taught in church. More importantly, it has led me to kneel in prayer and to ask my Heavenly Father for help to know what is true. I have received answers to those prayers, through feelings in my heart and light in my mind. I know that God is real. I know that the true gospel of Jesus Christ is found in the Book of Mormon. I also know that God has sent living prophets to the earth. I'm grateful for this knowledge, because it tells me that this life has a purpose, and it helps me to give my attention to the things that really matter, and which have eternal value.
How I live my faith
I currently serve as secretary to a local Church leader who has responsibility for several congregations of young single adults. I help him and his counselors to organize their efforts in teaching, fellowshipping, and ministering to the needs of these young men and women. We are particularly concerned about those who wander from their faith during these years, and we do everything within our power to help them to come back. Much of my time is spent arranging interviews between these young single adults and their spiritual leaders.